The federal government is set to abolish the current two systems of grading the nation’s universities and introduce a new one, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie said.
Okojie stated this in Abuja on Monday at a one-day workshop on review of grading system in Nigerian universities.According to NUC Boss,the existing Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard, BMAS, was allowing individual institutions and disciplines to implement the benchmark policy directive discretionary.
Adding that, that “While some disciplines used the 6 grade points of 5,4,3,2,1,0 for letter grades of A,B,C,D,E, and F respectively, other disciplines removed the E grade altogether thereby having a grading system with grade points of
5,4,3,2,1, 0 for letter grades of A,B,C,D, and F respectively.
“These systems have incontrovertibly introduced two systems of grading within the Nigerian University System that have some technical implications on the grading of students,” he said.
According to the NUC boss, the workshop became necessary to provide an avenue for the NUC and all the universities to review the existing grading system with a view to arriving at a generally acceptable and uniform method of computing students grade.
“At the end of the workshop, it is expected that stakeholders will find a common grading system that would facilitate inter-university credit transfer and student mobility, both within and outside the country,” Okojie added.
In a remark, NUC Director of Academic Standards, Dr. Gidado Bello Kumo, said the outcome of the workshop will position Nigerian graduates to compete favourably in any part of the word.
He said: “It will serve as a springboard for the NUC’s catalytic role for the production of globally competitive and nationally relevant graduates and its resolve at improving the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS).
“Secondly, in order to ensure that the BMAS is richer and all encompassing, NUC utilises the opportunity to engage senior university officials on dialogue with a view to arriving at a generally satisfactory university education policy,” he said.